On Tuesday the 15th of November, SPIL organized a Career Night. Our students could talk to professionals who work in an expertise or field that's related to political science, governance and politics or international relations. For example, some representatives from the Organisation for International Legal Cooperation visited us, but also the first secretary of the American Delegation to the Rrganisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Those experts could tell the students a lot about their experience of working in the international relations field. Also an employee and a trainee from IvCB, a public affairs and stakeholdermanagement agency, visited the career night to tell about public affairs and lobbying and a Spanish representative from the Foreign Press Association in the Netherlands told the students about his life as a journalist. We also focused on Dutch politics and governance with employees from Dutch ministries, such as te ministry of finance, the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of health, wealth and sports. They informed us about how the Dutch government and legislation works. With all those different experts, the career night became a very nice and interesting evening!
By Abel van de Sluis
The start of the two days trip to Brussels, was probably the only challenge we had to take. 40 of us, found their way to the bus in the early morning hours, slightly sleepy and not yet fully aware of what was happening around us. After a few hours of driving, we arrived in at our hostel in the middle of the city. From here on, the atmosphere changed: we had our first meeting straight away, with Raphaël Lepot, a representative from the House of Provinces. Next to telling us about his work, lobbying the views of his region to the EU, he also answered all sorts of questions concerning his personal experiences working for the European Union.
On Monday the 8th of October, the SPIL visited the International Criminal Court in The Hague. We arrived around noon and everyone was well dressed. After going to security, we entered the building, which had just opened in 2015. We had a quick look around in the arrivals lounge, after which our guide also arrived. She welcomed us an informed us on some interesting facts and history of the ICC and the building. After, we got to walk around in the visitor area, accompanied with our own personal audio guide Ipod. The visitor lounge exhibited many different aspect of the ICC, like the recordings of an official court case and the procedure of the treatment of physical evidence.
Thereafter, the guide had prepared a presentation about the procedure that activates after an official complaint of an actor is submitted. The presentation ended with a small Q&A in which our members could ask many questions.
Last but not least, we all got the chance to see one of the three courtrooms. We sat down in the visitor seats, where visitors normally are seated if they want to listen and watch the procedures. We could see the whole area trough a glass window, which was very impressive.
It was an overal great experience. Thanks to the SPIL and the people from the ICC for arranging this visit for us!
By Rosa Kromhout
Het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken - de studenten die in Den Haag studeren lopen er elke dag praktisch onder door, en iedereen die Den Haag Centraal Station uit komt lopen schenkt geen extra aandacht aan het gebouw. De sfeer die rondom het gebouw en de organisatie hangen zijn tastbaar als je de lobby instapt, en een groep SPIL studenten mocht in het gebouw daadwerkelijk in gesprek gaan met mensen van achter de schermen
On Thursday the 27th of September, Wijnhaven was transformed into a full Dutch market. Students had the chance to visit this ‘Dutch Day’ to get to know everything they wanted about Dutch culture and traditions. Students could take a course in the most important Dutch words, such as ‘Albert Heijn bonuskaart’. They could take a chance in playing traditional Dutch games, like ‘stoelendans’ (dancing with chairs). Furthermore, some Dutch students helped to learn internationals the most original and beautiful pick-up lines. Some more serious matters like how to open a bank account, or get a bike or insurance were also discussed. Students could taste traditional Dutch delicacies: stroopwafels and roze koeken for example. And last, but not least, students had the chance to learn everything about Dutch traditions: from the Dutch anthem to rules about hanging the Dutch flag. A lot of students visited the Dutch Day and had the chance to ask all the questions they wanted and to try different things: we just hope the Dutch pick-up lines did not scare them away..
By Roos Neven
By - Akif Aliyev, 1st Year IRO
''I had the privilege to be one of the 22 students to attend the IAPSS World Congress, the largest annual event for students of Political Science around the world. This years conference in Paris focused on Diversity and Globalization, a phenomena that is increasingly becoming an inevitable part of global life. We contested the benefits and challenges brought to us by an increasingly globalized and interdependent world and discussed how we must approach these changes. As observers, we were given the chance to participate in lively discussions regarding the research and work-in-progress of a panel of high profile scholars and experts, an overall very eye opening experience for anyone pursuing a Political Science degree.
Not only did the conference give us the possibility to expand our scope of knowledge and perspectives through dialogue with other students and academics of the field, but it was also an important step for our futures, giving us a chance to practice our networking skills and learn more about the format of academic conferences and research projects. These will all serve as important skills throughout the course of our studies and beyond.
This trip also gave us - as Leiden University students - the opportunity to bond amongst ourselves, allowing us to find out about the differences and similarities we share between our studies. It is safe to say we enjoyed ourselves in the beautiful city of Paris, where we created memories and acquired valuable experience that we will cherish throughout our academic and social lives.''
Om 8:40 stond bijna iedereen klaar op Leiden Centraal, een deel van de groep sloot aan in Den Haag. Na ongeveer 10 minuten lopen vanaf Den Haag Centraal kwamen we aan bij het gebouw van de Amerikaanse Ambassade. We kwamen binnen via de zijingang i.v.m. security. In groepjes van vier gingen we naar binnen, hier lieten we ons identiteitsbewijs zien en liepen we door een scanner. Onze tassen werden ook gescand en moesten we achterlaten bij de ingang. Ook moesten we onze telefoons uitschakelen en hier achterlaten. We werden door een Nederlandse vrouw van Public Affairs begeleid naar een zaaltje waar we een presentatie zouden gaan krijgen van een Amerikaanse diplomaat. Hier werden we opgewacht door een andere local van dezelfde afdeling.